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London is home to over 300 museums and galleries, making it the epicentre of culture and collections in the northern hemisphere. From the world's largest Maritime Museum to an art gallery in an old power station, London delves into the history of everything from boats to Botticellis and mosaics to manuscripts. Also worth checking out is our London Museums Late Openings article.

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British Museum

World-renowned museum of human history and culture - 6 million annual visitors

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 
 

Over eight million objects from all over the world are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture (many of the artifacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space). Founded in 1753, the British Museum displays ranging from prehistoric to modern times were primarily based on the collections of physician and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane. Notable objects include the Parthenon Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon, the Sutton Hoo and Mildenhall treasures, and the Portland Vase. The hieroglyphics and classical sculptures are instantly recognisable and world famous, but more surprising is the workmanship and beauty of the Saxon jewellery collection. The treasures assembled here, from Britain's Dark Ages, reveal a period of original and brilliant artistry. The museum's Great Court with its magnificent glass and steel roof by Sir Norman Foster is an exhibition piece in itself. Regular events include talks, films, performances and demonstrations.

 
 

Events at British Museum

Living Histories: Contemporary Arab Artists
Ends TodayFree Event

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2017 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
Living Histories: Contemporary Arab Artists British Museum 2017-06-282017-10-22 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th September 2017 to 14th January 2018 | £16.50 (Adults), Free (Children under 16)

 
Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia British Museum 2017-09-142018-01-14 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
The Business Of Prints
OngoingFree Event

21st September 2017 to 28th January 2018 - 10am | Free

 
The Business Of Prints British Museum 2017-09-212018-01-28 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd November 2017 to 8th April 2018 | £15

 
Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond British Museum 2017-11-022018-04-08 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Myths Retold: Beowulf
On Soon

Sunday 5th November 2017 - 2.30pm | £8

 
Myths Retold: Beowulf British Museum 2017-11-052017-11-05 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Lecture.

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National Gallery

Huge range of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900 - 4 million annual visitors

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

The National Gallery dominates London's Trafalgar Square with its neo-classical columns and portico designed by William Wilkins adjoining the square where it has been pedestrianised. Some of the finest examples of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900, are included among the 2300 paintings filling its halls and rooms. Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', 'The Hay Wain' by Constable, and Jan Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage' are just some of the major attractions. Works on display also include those of Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. This really is the place to come for top quality artwork spanning a wide spectrum of styles and periods. From the Early Renaissance to the Post-Impressionists, every significant stage in the development of painting is represented in its collection, often by masterpieces. Originally established by Parliament in 1824, the collection belongs to the British public and every effort is made to encourage the public to visit, view and experience the art: free entry, free events, free talks and free tours support this ethos of encouragement and enthusiasm. Regular activities include: audio tours, guided tours, sessions for visitors with a visual impairment, lunchtime talks, live music and late night openings on Fridays.

 
 

Events at National Gallery

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October 2017 to 2nd April 2018

 
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites National Gallery 2017-10-042018-04-02 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Drawn in Colour: Degas at the Burrell Collection OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th September 2017 to 7th May 2018 | Free

 
Drawn in Colour: Degas at the Burrell Collection National Gallery 2017-09-202018-05-07 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Drawn In Colour: Degas From The Burrell
OngoingFree Event

20th September 2017 to 7th May 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Drawn In Colour: Degas From The Burrell National Gallery 2017-09-202018-05-07 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Stories Of Art: Module One: 1250-1400
On Soon

Wednesday 25th October 2017 - 2pm-4pm | £150, concs £125, mems £100

 
Stories Of Art: Module One: 1250-1400 National Gallery 2017-09-202017-10-25 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Literary & Education, Art Workshop.

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th October 2017 to 18th February 2018

 
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White National Gallery 2017-10-302018-02-18 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
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Natural History Museum

Interactive, life and earth science museum - 5 million annual visitors

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station , Gloucester Road Station

 
 

An 8-metre long giant squid, a walrus from Hudson Bay overstuffed by a London taxidermist in the 1880s, the skeleton of a Triceratops, a life-size Blue Whale and a sea cow are just a few of the 70 million items to call this exciting, interactive, life and earth science museum home. Highlights of the Natural History Museum include: Dinosaurs - the ultimate prehistoric exhibition, Creepy-Crawlies - guaranteed to have you scratching in seconds, Human Biology - the must-see exhibition about the evolution of the species, The Power Within - a sensational earthquake experience, and Ecology and Mammals. Investigate - a hands-on science centre - is especially great for children and kids can also follow gallery trails and try their hand at art activities. The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year also demands attention and is a highlight of the museum's temporary exhibitions. For those wanting to explore further a visit to The Darwin Centre in its magnificent cocoon building is highly recommended. Regular lectures and demonstrations combined with interactive exhibitions aim to bring to life the millions of preserved specimens on show. There is also a tranquil wildlife garden containing native fauna and flora.

 
 

Events at Natural History Museum

Whales: Beneath the surface Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th July 2017 to 28th February 2018

 
Whales: Beneath the surface Natural History Museum 2017-07-142018-02-28 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th October 2017 to 9th September 2018 | £12.50 (Adult), £7 (Child and concession), £25-£34.50 (Family)

 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 Natural History Museum 2017-10-202018-09-09 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
The Art Of British Natural History
OngoingFree Event

22nd May 2017 to 1st July 2018 - 10am-5.50pm | Free

 
The Art Of British Natural History Natural History Museum 2017-05-222018-07-01 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Natural History Museum Ice Rink On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th October 2017 to 7th January 2018 | From £8.80 (Children), £12.65 (Adults), £39.60 (Family)

 
Natural History Museum Ice Rink Natural History Museum 2017-10-262018-01-07 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
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Science Museum

IMAX, interactivity, twiddling, tweaking and technology - 3 million annual visitors

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Home to one of the world's most magnificent collections of science, industry, technology and medicine, the Science Museum is one of London's most hands-on and interactive museums. Funded by the profits of the Great Exhibition of 1851, it started life in the 19th century as part of Prince Albert's grand scheme to promote industrial technology. Today, it occupies a purpose-built gallery and contains some 300,000 objects, covering the entire history of Western science, technology and medicine. Visitors are invited to learn about forces and motion in Launch Pad and discover how aircrafts are built in the Flight gallery. The Wellcome Wing allows visitors to morph their faces to look older or younger, manipulate their voices and create digital music, or be sucked into the 3D world of the stunning IMAX cinema. The scientific questions of the day are hotly debated in Antenna.

 
 

Events at Science Museum

Power UP Now On Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th to 31st October 2017 | Single session: Adult £10, child £8, senior £9 | Half day pass: Adult 18, child £14, senior £16 | 18+ evening session £12

 
Power UP Science Museum 2017-10-202017-10-31 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

This October half term the Science Museum presents gaming extravaganza Power UP. Returning for its second year, the hands-on event invites gaming fans to get their fix with 180 systems and hundreds of games, including ...more

Illuminating India OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

4th October 2017 to 31st March 2018 | Exhibitions: Free | Fees apply for some events

 
Illuminating India Science Museum 2017-10-042018-03-31 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Science Museum Lates: Gaming
On SoonFree Event

Wednesday 25th October 2017 - 6.45pm-10pm | Free

 
Science Museum Lates: Gaming Science Museum 2017-10-252017-10-25 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
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Tate Britain

British art and the Turner Prize, Blake, Spencer and Stubbs - 1.5 million annual visitors

Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 
 

Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three other galleries around the UK, including Tate Modern also in London. Dedicated to showcasing Britain's artistic talent, Tate Britain is home to the greatest collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. Since it opened in 1897, the collection has expanded to include works from Blake, Rossetti, Spencer and Stubbs. It also hosts the Turner Prize - the contemporary art world's premier award. Turner's Gallery (another tribute to the artist himself) is a virtual reconstruction of the room in which Turner showed his own paintings.

 
 

Events at Tate Britain

Simeon Barclay: The Hero Wears Clay Shoes
OngoingFree Event

7th July to 5th November 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Simeon Barclay: The Hero Wears Clay Shoes Tate Britain 2017-07-072017-11-05 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Rachel Whiteread Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th September 2017 to 4th February 2018

 
Rachel Whiteread Tate Britain 2017-09-122018-02-04 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art
OngoingFree Event

14th May 2013 to 31st December 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP British Art Displays: A Walk Through British Art Tate Britain 2013-05-142017-12-31 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Saturday Jazz Brunch
On Soon

Saturday 21st and Saturday 28th October 2017 - 11am-3pm | £29.95

 
Saturday Jazz Brunch Tate Britain 2017-10-142017-10-28 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries

Food & Drink, Drink & Tastings.

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd November 2017 to 29th April 2018

 
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London Tate Britain 2017-11-022018-04-29 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
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National Portrait Gallery

Portraits from the 14th century to the present day - 4 million annual visitors

St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

This isn't the place to come for serious works of exceptional artistic merit - the overriding aim of this gallery is to reflect the status of the sitter, not the artist - but where else in London could you hope to find The Beatles, Henry VIII, Fatboy Slim and Joan Collins all hanging out together? The appeal of the National Portrait Gallery (opened in 1856) rests simply in its comprehensive commemoration of British history from the late 14th century to the present day through the medium of portraiture. The sense of progression and the feeling of familiarity with many subjects are what make the gallery so appealing. Having said that, critically acclaimed self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other notable British artists are also displayed alongside the 10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars and media barons. The collection represents Britain and is arranged thematically, starting with the Tudors and ending with present day politicians and pop stars. Look out for the only surviving portrait of Shakespeare taken from life in The Ondaajte Wing, the Hans Holbein cartoon of Henry VIII, the anamorphic portrait of Edward VI, and the sculpture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in medieval costume. Photographs, caricatures, drawings and sculpture are included in the collection which also boasts 250,000 archived images. The National Portrait Gallery also hosts the annual BP Portrait Prize competition alongside ever-changing collections of contemporary work.

 
 

Events at National Portrait Gallery

The Encounter: Drawings From Leonardo To Rembrandt
Ends Today

Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd October 2017 - 10pm-6am | £8, concs £6.50, under 12s Free

 
The Encounter: Drawings From Leonardo To Rembrandt National Portrait Gallery 2017-07-132017-10-22 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And Bosie
OngoingFree Event

29th March to 30th October 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
Marlene Dumas: Oscar Wilde And Bosie National Portrait Gallery 2017-03-292017-10-30 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Life, Death and Memory OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th April 2017 to 16th April 2018 | Free

 
Life, Death and Memory National Portrait Gallery 2017-04-132018-04-16 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Guest DJ: Timberlina
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 26th October 2017 - 6pm | Free

 
Guest DJ: Timberlina National Portrait Gallery 2017-10-262017-10-26 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

A mix of genres and music from across the ages to reflect the Collection, including spoken word, classical, jazz, hip-hop, world, prog rock, new wave and contemporary.

Cezanne Portraits On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th October 2017 to 11th February 2018 | Adult £20, concession £18.50

 
Cezanne Portraits National Portrait Gallery 2017-10-262018-02-11 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
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Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum

Museum of decorative and applied arts - 5 million annual visitors

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

With over 145 galleries to explore and over 4 million items, the V&A is one of the most influential museums of decorative and applied arts in the world. It was originally founded in 1852, with the aim of enthusing and educating British manufacturers and designers. It is now home to a stunning collection of European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. The gallery also houses the national collection of photography. Visitors can delve into the fascinating dress collection that features samples from historical dress to 21st century haute-couture or examine the celebrated Arts and Crafts interiors of the Morris and Gamble Rooms. The gallery is often cited as housing the greatest collection of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside Italy, while the British Galleries - which opened to great acclaim in November 2001 - are unique in their exploration of British design from Chippendale to Morris, Adam to Mackintosh. Highlights include the Great Bed of Ward as mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', and James II's wedding suit. In recent years the trend at the V & A has been towards style retrospectives of entire periods like Art Deco, Art Nouveau and shows focusing on individual designers like Armani and Ossie Clarke. The museum is second-to-none in this regard. The building itself - a mix of Victorian and Edwardian design - also presents a truly formidable display. The two halls (Cast Courts), in particular, form a major focal point for the gallery - with their high glass roof, elevated corridors and walkways.

 
 

Events at Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

Plywood: Material Of The Modern World OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th July to 12th November 2017 | Free

 
Plywood: Material Of The Modern World Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-07-152017-11-12 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
The Artful Book: 70 Years Of The Folio Society
OngoingFree Event

5th September 2017 to 28th January 2018 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
The Artful Book: 70 Years Of The Folio Society Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-09-052018-01-28 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

30th September 2017 to 25th February 2018 | £19

 
Opera: Passion, Power and Politics Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-09-302018-02-25 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Woman's Hour Craft Prize
OngoingFree Event

7th September 2017 to 5th February 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Woman's Hour Craft Prize Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-09-072018-02-05 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th May 2017 to 18th February 2018

 
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-05-272018-02-18 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Contemporary Korean Ceramics
OngoingFree Event

19th May 2017 to 11th February 2018 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Contemporary Korean Ceramics Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-05-192018-02-11 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Rachel Kneebone
OngoingFree Event

1st April 2017 to 14th January 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Rachel Kneebone Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2017-04-012018-01-14 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
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National Maritime Museum

Navigation, navy, the sea and the Empire - 2.5 million annual visitors

Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 
 

Located in the heart of historic Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum houses the most important collection of objects relating to the history of Britain at sea. The collection, partly housed in former royal palace Queen's House, dates back to 1823 when a National Gallery of Naval Art was established, featuring some 300 portraits, paintings and artefacts. The museum occupies a former asylum and hospital school, and enjoys fantastic views of the Thames from its elevated position. With the addition of the covered Neptune Court, the museum now boasts galleries dealing with topics ranging from navigation, naval exploits and Nelson, to exploration, the ecology of the sea and emigration. Visitors can try their hand at signalling and gunnery, explore the expansion of the Empire or just revel at the power, majesty and romance of the sea through poetry, painting and photography. While you're here leave time to visit the Peter Harrison Planetarium as well as the Meridian line by which time across the globe is measured.

 
 

Events at National Maritime Museum

Death In The Ice: The Shocking Story Of Franklin's Final Expedition
Ongoing

28th July 2017 to 7th January 2018 - 10am-5pm | £9.60-£22.60

 
Death In The Ice: The Shocking Story Of Franklin's Final Expedition National Maritime Museum 2017-07-282018-01-07 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Astronomy Photographer Of The Year OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th September 2017 to 22nd July 2018 | Free

 
Astronomy Photographer Of The Year National Maritime Museum 2017-09-162018-07-22 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2017
Ongoing

16th September 2017 to 22nd July 2018 - 10am-5pm | Free, plus adm £9.50, child £5

 
Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year 2017 National Maritime Museum 2017-09-162018-07-22 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th May 2016 to 1st January 2018

 
Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle National Maritime Museum 2016-05-202018-01-01 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
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Museum of London

Record of London from the prehistoric to the present day - 300,000 annual visitors

150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station , St. Paul's Station

 
 

Experience the real flavour of London life from the prehistoric to present day at the Museum of London, a modern museum boasting over 1.1 million objects - many rescued from archaeological digs or discovered during building works in The City. A chain of chronological galleries guide visitors through the history of this ancient city; 50,000 objects from Roman London pave the way to buckles, brooches and belt-fittings of the medieval period, 17th century glassware leads onto vivid Victorian street scenes, interiors and shop fronts. From the skulls of those thought to have been massacred by Queen Boudica to boots worn by the Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria's parliamentary robes and paraphernalia from the Suffragettes' Movement, the history of London and its inhabitants is brought back to life with startling intensity. Don't miss fragments of the old London Wall located just outside the museum.

 
 

Events at Museum of London

Paddington's London Adventures
Free Event

Sunday 22nd October 2017 at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm | Free

 
Paddington's London Adventures Museum of London 2017-10-222017-10-22 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Bonus Levels
OngoingFree Event

7th October 2017 to 3rd January 2018 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
Bonus Levels Museum of London 2017-10-072018-01-03 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
The City Is Ours OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th July 2017 to 2nd January 2018 | Free

 
The City Is Ours Museum of London 2017-07-142018-01-02 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Animating Paddington
On SoonFree Event

Monday 23rd October 2017 at 12.30pm and 2.30pm | Free

 
Animating Paddington Museum of London 2017-10-232017-10-23 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Paddington Puppets
On SoonFree Event

Monday 23rd October 2017 at 12.30pm-2pm and 2.30pm-4pm | Free

 
Paddington Puppets Museum of London 2017-10-232017-10-23 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Paddington Rhyme Time
On SoonFree Event

Monday 23rd October 2017 at 10.30am and 2pm | Free

 
Paddington Rhyme Time Museum of London 2017-10-232017-10-23 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Your Paddington Story
On SoonFree Event

Monday 23rd October 2017 at 12.30pm and 2.30pm | Free

 
Your Paddington Story Museum of London 2017-10-232017-10-23 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
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Tate Modern

The Turbine Hall, 20th century art, Matisse to Moore.

Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

Located along the banks of the River Thames, Tate Modern opened to great acclaim in 2000 and has since welcomed millions of visitors through its imposing doors. If you are visiting for the first time, you should approach from Blackfriars (Tube / Rail) station, crossing Norman Foster's 'Blade of Light' Millennium Bridge, walking towards this spectacular modernist masterpiece with the dome of St Paul's Cathedral behind you. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, the gallery pays homage to art from 1900 to the present day. The awesome Turbine Hall creates a stunning entrance and a vast space, used to display temporary installations on a grand scale. There are three levels of galleries enclosed by a spectacular two-storey glass roof that provides fantastic views of London and a great cafe. Full of the jokey eccentricities of contemporary art, it's one of the few art galleries that children and teenagers will enjoy, but it also offers the full set of iconic 20th century artists, from Matisse to Moore, Dali to Picasso. Justifiably the most popular art gallery in Europe.

 
 

Events at Tate Modern

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power Ends Today Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th July to 22nd October 2017 | Adult £16.50, concession £14.50, under 12 Free

 
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power Tate Modern 2017-07-122017-10-22 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th October 2017 to 28th January 2018

 
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Tate Modern 2017-10-182018-01-28 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Ilya And Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into The Future
Ongoing

18th October 2017 to 28th January 2018 - Various Times | £11.30, OAP £10.30, concs £10, mems Free

 
Ilya And Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into The Future Tate Modern 2017-10-182018-01-28 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
The Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd October 2017 to 2nd April 2018 | Free

 
The Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX Tate Modern 2017-10-032018-04-02 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX
OngoingFree Event

3rd October 2017 to 2nd April 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Hyundai Commission: SUPERFLEX Tate Modern 2017-10-032018-04-02 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artist Rooms: Bruce Nauman
OngoingFree Event

24th July 2017 to 24th July 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Artist Rooms: Bruce Nauman Tate Modern 2017-07-242018-07-24 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artist Room: Louise Bourgeois
OngoingFree Event

1st July 2016 to 31st December 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Artist Room: Louise Bourgeois Tate Modern 2016-07-012017-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
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Somerset House

Gallery and former Tudor palace

Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 
 

Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, as well as the Embankment Galleries (which replaced the Hermitage Rooms and The Gilbert Collection - the latter re-opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in June 2009). Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector of Edward VI, built the great mansion on the banks of the river to match his new-found status and rank. Following the Duke's execution for treason in 1552, the house passed onto Queen Elizabeth I and then Anne of Denmark and Norway - wife of James I - who christened it 'Denmark House'. Charles I's Queen, Henrietta Maria of France, was the next royal occupant. Having lived through the Civil War, the Great Fire, various refurbishments and other regal guests including Queen Catherine of Braganza, the palace fell into disrepair in the 1700s and was eventually demolished. Sir William Chambers was commissioned to design a replacement building whose purpose was to house various learned societies of the day. The current building still looks and feels like a palace with its great courtyard and elegant fountains, riverside terrace and magnificent collection of art and sculpture. It's easy to imagine a time when kings, queens and courtiers graced its grounds. Modern-day concerts now held in the courtyard echo the dramatic and musical masque entertainments popular during the reign of Anne of Denmark. While visitors have to pay to view the main galleries, admission to the courtyard, riverside terrace, restored Seamen's Hall, Nelson Stair, interpretation gallery and 18th century Commissioner's Barge are all free.

 
 

Events at Somerset House

Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th October 2017 to 7th January 2018 | Free

 
Hassan Hajjaj: La Caravane Somerset House 2017-10-052018-01-07 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
Chloe Lamford: Show Room
On SoonFree Event

27th October to 31st December 2017 - 8am-7pm | Free

 
Chloe Lamford: Show Room Somerset House 2017-10-272017-12-31 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
North: Fashioning Identity On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th November 2017 to 4th February 2018 | Adult £7, concession £5

 
North: Fashioning Identity Somerset House 2017-11-082018-02-04 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres
Skate At Somerset House On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th November 2017 to 14th January 2018 | £7.50-£17 plus booking fees

 
Skate At Somerset House Somerset House 2017-11-152018-01-14 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres

The grand 18th-century courtyard of Somerset House makes for a spectacular backdrop for one of the most popular ice rinks in town. Skating around under the 40-foot Christmas tree with a hot toddy to keep ...more

Larry Achiampong

Friday 24th November 2017 - 8pm | £17

 
Larry Achiampong Somerset House 2017-11-242017-11-24 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Arts Centres

The artist employs imagery and aural and visual archives to create a live performance, examining the intersection between pop culture and the postcolonial position.

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Design Museum

Designs that have shaped the modern world from fashion to furniture.

224-238 Kensington High Street, Bankside, London, W8 6AG

Tube: High Street Kensington Station

 
 

In 2016 the Design Museum moved from is long standing home at Shad Thames to a venue three times the size, the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington High Street. The Grade II* listed building has been transformed by a design team led by John Pawson to include the Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning, 202-seat Bakala Auditorium and a dedicated gallery to display its permanent collection, accessible free of charge. Within the collection - which started in 1982 as the pioneering Boilerhouse Project in the V&A - are designs that have shaped the modern world from fashion to furniture, product and graphic design, digital media, transport and architecture. The collections, both permanent and temporary, trace the history of design developments, from the origins of mass production to contemporary works.

 
 

Events at Design Museum

Designs of the Year 2017 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th October 2017 to 28th January 2018 | £10 (Adults), £7.50 (Students / concessions)

 
Designs of the Year 2017 Design Museum 2017-10-182018-01-28 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
Beazley Designs Of The Year
Ongoing

18th October 2017 to 28th January 2018 - 10am-6pm | £10, child £5, under 6s Free, family £17 & £24, NUS/concs £7.50

 
Beazley Designs Of The Year Design Museum 2017-10-182018-01-28 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
Ferrari: Under the Skin On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th November 2017 to 15th April 2018 | Adult £18, concession £13.50, child £9

 
Ferrari: Under the Skin Design Museum 2017-11-152018-04-15 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums
The Design Museum Market
Free Event

1st December 2017 at 12noon-8pm & 2nd and 3rd December 2017 at 10am-6pm | Free

 
The Design Museum Market Design Museum 2017-12-012017-12-03 Where:
Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG
Category: Museums

Designers / Makers bring 50 leading contemporary designers to the museum for a three-day market just in time for Christmas.

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Whitechapel Gallery

Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 
 

Designed in a distinctive Arts and Crafts architecture style by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Whitechapel, Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery, is renowned both for the beauty of its light, airy space and for embracing the local community in its work. Founded in 1901, extensive refurbishment saw the gallery, reopened in April 2009, double in size. The gallery does not have a permanent collection, preferring instead to host a constantly evolving programme of works and there is always something free to see. Community projects and retrospective exhibitions now rest alongside landmark examples of contemporary work. The Pop Art 'This is Tomorrow' exhibition of 1956 is often hailed as the gallery's most iconic event, although there are a number of other exhibitions worthy of note. Picasso's 'Guernica' was displayed here in 1938, Jackson Pollock had work exhibited at the gallery in the 1950s, David Hockney's first show was held here in 1970 and Lucian Freud had a major exhibition in 1993. With its pillared supports and high ceilings, The Lower Gallery, in particular, is a fantastic exhibition space. The expansion means the Whitechapel has a number of new exhibition spaces offering a fantastic backdrop for corporate and private events.

 
 

Events at Whitechapel Gallery

ISelf Collection: The End Of Love
OngoingFree Event

30th August to 26th November 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
ISelf Collection: The End Of Love Whitechapel Gallery 2017-08-302017-11-26 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Thomas Ruff
Ongoing

27th September 2017 to 21st January 2018 - Various Times | £12.95, OAP/NUS/disabled/unwaged £9.50, under 16s Free, Art Fund mems £6.50

 
Thomas Ruff Whitechapel Gallery 2017-09-272018-01-21 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Leonor Antunes: The Frisson Of The Togetherness
OngoingFree Event

3rd October 2017 to 9th April 2018 - Various Times | Free

 
Leonor Antunes: The Frisson Of The Togetherness Whitechapel Gallery 2017-10-032018-04-09 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
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Imperial War Museum

The national museum of war and wartime life from 1914 to the present day.

Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle, Southwark, London, SE1 6HZ

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 
 

The IWM London, the flagship Imperial War Museum which offers a thoughtful look at what day-to-day life is like for both citizens and soldiers in times of conflict, re-opened on 19th July 2014 with a dramatic new atrium space by Fosters Partners, and new permanent First World War Galleries, a highlight of which is a trench complete with periscopes, sounds and projections recreating what life was like behind the front line on the Western Front. Entering the museum, visitors see 'Witnesses to War', nine iconic objects including a Harrier, Spitfire and V2 rocket suspended from the ceiling. Level 1 of the transformed space presents 'Turning Points: 1934-1945' with key stories from the Second World War. 'Peace and Security' on level 2 explores contemporary conflicts from 1945 through to present day while 'Curiosities of War' on level 3 presents some of the more obscure objects in the museum's collections including a bar where the dambusters crew used to drink, and a sofa which troops in Afghanistan made out of hesco fencing.

 
 

Events at IWM London (Imperial War Museums)

Afghanistan: Reflections On Helmand
OngoingFree Event

21st December 2016 to 26th November 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Afghanistan: Reflections On Helmand IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2016-12-212017-11-26 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th October 2017 to 28th May 2018 | Adult £15, concession £10.50, child £7.50

 
Age of Terror: Art Since 9/11 IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2017-10-262018-05-28 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
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